|Q: The tip of my nose looks like a ball and it's very large. What can be done to change this?
A: Many people feel the tip of their nose is too round. If it's only the tip you're unhappy with, then the whole nose does not need surgery. I simply remove the excess cartilage causing the round appearance. Improving tip definition is a very simple procedure and you'll be back to work in about 3-5 days.
Q: My nose has always been very wide and large. It's always stood out in my appearance and I want it smaller, but I'm afraid of having it too small or too pointy, where it's obvious I had my nose done. Does it have to be this way?
A: No. It is a very easy to reduce and narrow a nose conservatively , so it is brought into proportion with your facial features and yet is not an abnormally small, tiny nose that looks "done." My patients seem to want their facial features balanced. So, rather than looking at themselves and just seeing their nose, they are now happy to see their face as a whole!
Q: When I smile, my nose appears exceptionally wide. What can be done about this?
A: Everyone's nose widens when they smile. The area that widens is the base of the nose: the horizontal difference between the outer edges of both nostrils. If this distance still looks wide, even when you're not smiling, it's very simple to narrow this with 2 small incisions inside each nostril.
Q: I have a bump on the bridge of my nose. It's not very noticeable from the front, but when I look at myself from the side, it looks like a big hump. Can this be changed easily?
A: Yes. Removing a bump off the bridge of your nose is very simple. We've all seen people with this and it's very difficult for many, because it can be so overwhelming in their appearance. The procedure is done on the inside of the nose so there's no visible scars. By bringing the nose size into proportion with other facial features, people who have been self-conscious about their nose can gain new self-confidence and truly appreciate their face as a whole.
Q: I have large nostrils. Can they be made smaller?
A: Yes, the nostrils can easily be made smaller with a small incision inside each nostril.
Q: What can I expect during the recovery if I have my nose reshaped?
A: What to expect for recovery depends on whether you have your whole nose operated on or just the tip. If your whole nose is reshaped, you can expect to wear a splint for about 1 week. Most people take off work 10-14 days. Contrary to what many people think, you should rarely have bruises and usually there is very little packing in the nose. If only the tip is operated on, frequently you would be back to work in 3-5 days, with no one knowing you just had your nose operated on. Whether it's just tip definition or whole nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), I recommend you keep your head elevated and no sneezing or blowing your nose until you are told it's okay to do so. Patients are routinely surprised at the minimal discomfort and easy recovery experience with nose reshaping!
Q: My nose tip droops. What can be done about this?
A: Usually, it is very simple to elevate the tip of the nose. The incision is inside the nose so it's not visible and a conservative elevation of the tip is performed. I say conservative, because you would never want to elevate the tip so high that people can see up your nostrils when looking directly at you.
Q: There are some features I like about my nose and some I don't. How do I know what's best for me?
A: Noses are very unique and need to be dealt within an individualized manner. As a plastic surgeon, I first listen carefully to your concerns and then evaluate and inform you, in my professional opinion, what can and cannot be done. As with all cosmetic procedures, knowing the patients expectations, as well as how realistic they are, is key to a successful outcome.
Q: My mom criticizes my nose. It's never really bothered me, but she continues to comment on it. I'm beginning to wonder if something really is wrong with it. What should I do?
A: Trust your instincts! If something doesn't bother you, be happy and enjoy it. Frequently, people who criticize other people's appearance are only demonstrating an insecurity they have about their own appearance. In my practice, I find the patients are truly choosing cosmetics surgery for themselves. It's simply between them and their mirror. It has nothing to do with anyone else.